Contact: Holly Alonso of Peralta Hacienda, 510-532-9142
Ribbon-Cutting of Anza Trail Improvements at Peralta Hacienda Brings Together City, Regional, State & National Parks
This year's Juneteenth at Peralta Creek celebration kicks off with a ribbon-cutting for a "healing garden", creekside amphitheater, Anza Trail waysides, and Oakland's newest recreation trail at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, the “birthplace of Oakland.”
These events at the Peralta Hacienda in Oakland's Fruitvale District promote the park's mission of historical healing by acknowledging both the pain and the glories of the past that make us what we are today.
Following a ribbon-cutting beside the healing garden and Anza Trail waysides, Mexica Dancers will lead a dance procession along a new recreation trail down to a new creekside amphitheater for the Juneteenth celebration.
A Juneteenth at Peralta Creek celebration follows at Peralta Hacienda's new creekside amphitheater from 2PM - 6PM. Oakland City Council Member Noel Gallo will lead the ceremonies, which include:
• Friends of Negro Spirituals, leading the audience in “Wade in the Water” and other favorites
Juneteenth celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation, which helped end one of US history's most painful chapters. The event will also pay homage to the Black Native experience and the waterways and special landscape of the East Bay.
Don’t miss this glimpse of the past, opening of an important new resource at the Birthplace of Oakland, and present-day fun with historical arts and crafts for kids, and lots of other music.
Admission is free. The event takes place Saturday June 22, 2-6pm at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, 2465 34th Ave. Call 532-9142 for more info or go to www.peraltahacienda.org.
Last updated: February 28, 2015